This committee is chaired by a representative from the Maine Center for Disease Control (Maine CDC) and the Maine Quality Forum (MQF). The Committee has been established with a purpose to assess and analyze the status of infection prevention and control in the state of Maine and make recommendations on state strategies for the reduction of healthcare associated infections across all healthcare settings.New June 30, 2016 Communication from Rita Owsiak Re: Ebola/Emerging Pathogen Readiness: Frontline Hospitals (sent June 22, 2016 via email)
While the Ebola outbreak in western Africa is no longer on our radar, readiness for the next emerging pathogen is. Much work has been completed with the four Ebola-assessment hospitals in the state and we continue to work on some readiness related activities. Of note is that the State Ebola Response Plan is now approved and posted.
At this time, we would like to share some lessons learned, tools and updates with frontline hospitals. Some of this you may have seen already, some of this will be new. If you have any questions pertaining to materials in this email, please reply (to Rita) and I will connect you with a member of our team who will provide answers. Thank you for all your efforts in emerging pathogen preparedness. Please share this information with your emerging pathogens readiness team members.
The following meetings are scheduled from 12:00 - 4:00 pm and will be held at the Maine CDC, Pine Tree Room at 2 Anthony Avenue, Augusta - unless notified otherwise. Documents and details will be made available as the date approaches.
Notice: Due to a severe medical condition, all types of peanuts and tree nuts or foods, beverages and other products containing them are banned
from the 2 Anthony Avenue building effective immediately. It is the expectation that all visitors will comply with this directive.
Please remember that it is also a fragrance free environment. Members or anyone else planning to attend these meetings will be turned away if wearing any type of fragrance.
October 16, 2015 Email Message from Stuart Bratesman to Committee Members
Due to a number of scheduling conflicts we are canceling the October 23rd meeting. We look forward to regrouping the first of the new year. At our next meeting we will review the next set of deliverables for this group including Rule Chapter 270. In the meantime enjoy the season and see you soon.
August 25, 2015 Email Message from Stuart Bratesman to Committee Members
The sole item on the agenda for our August meeting was a final review of the State's HAI Plan. Since our last meeting, the only changes made to this document are those recommended at our last meeting (see 7/24/15 meeting minutes) and minor grammatical edits. To reduce the time required to attend a meeting in person, we are e-mailing a copy of the Final Draft of the HAI Plan and ask that you indicate via email your decision to:
We request that comments be submitted to Rita Owsiak by Friday, August 28. Rita Owsiak will send a follow up email indicating how members' comments were addressed in the final document. Our next meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 25, 2015. In the meantime, we hope that everyone enjoys the last of summer's sun and visitors.